A new report by U.S. Drug Test Centers shows Illinois is behind only Delaware in the number of arrests for driving under the influence while the state’s DUI arrest records have decreased both short-term and long-term.
Illinois State Police Sergeant Delila Garcia says the results are largely due to a two-pronged approach of strict enforcement and ramped up education efforts by numerous law enforcement agencies.
She says the state police’s safety education unit conducts “hands-on” programs for all ages – from children to seniors. But, if officers observe erratic driving, they will make stops and there will be consequences for impaired drivers.
In Illinois, a first-time DUI offender can face up to a year of jail and fines of up to $2,500. If a person was harmed, the offense becomes a felony.